Astana Talks

New round of Syria talks slated for June 20, says Russia

IRNA – The new round of Syria talks, participated by Russia, Turkey and Iran, is due to be held in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on June 20, says the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry on Thursday last week, had announced that the new round of negotiations on establishing peace in Syria, expected to be held on Monday, have been postponded.

The new round of the two-day talks have been slated for June 20, said a report by the Russian Politika website, quoting Mikhail Bogdanov, Special Representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Middle East and Africa.

The need for further readiness of the participating delegations has been cited by Bogdanov as the main reason for temporary suspension of talks.

So far Kazakhstan has hosted four rounds of Syria talks, attended by delegations from Syria, the armed opposition groups that have accepted the establishment of ceasefire, as well as Iran, Russia and Turkey as the main peace guarantors in Syria.